This tour was short - 3 Chicago shows, Madison, Milwaukee and...Cedar Falls (where?). The last three have, since 2000, often been viewed as a run due to their release, in part, on Dick's Picks #18
, even though the Chicago shows are just as good (it's essentially an early Road Trips release but makes some poor choices). This date is the least represented on the official release (just All Over Now & Dupree's) and is not as good as the night before, but better than the next night (and the most consistent of the three, overall). It was a dropped-ball when DP18
didn't include more of this show since it has several highlights not circulating on SoundBoard. They booked Milwaukee for just 5 months later but had a rainout. Wisconsin has always been a Dead stronghold market (c.f
. the 20 Alpine Valley shows, mostly all good) and they played this 4000-seat theater again in '80.
1st Set. The set starts solidly above average and though Me & My Uncle
is played (listened) to death, this is an A- version. Same with Row Jimmy
which has a great solo and the drummers are ON. Beat it On Down the Line-13
is average '78, like the rest of the set except for a standout Candyman
is better the next night and All Over Now
was a weird pick for DP18
- is there no complete Betty in the vault?
2nd Set. Six and a half minutes into Samson
it just freaking takes off. Dupree's
is an average, straightforward read but one of only two in '78 so maybe it was included on DP18
for history stats and not, you know, listening pleasure. Listening to Terrapin
it's clear Donna was initially a crucial element to the song. Playin'
is one of the jazzy-type versions that cropped up throughout '78. The rest is average '78 but for an amazing, best-of-78 Black Peter
. Check out that interplay - active, bluesy, nailed. The SBD has a 30-second cut at 6:50 (I spliced in the pitch-corrected AUD for my copy).
Overall = 3 1/2 Stars
Me & My Uncle - Played too much, sure, but a great version is still better than fishing
Row Jimmy - Check the solo and the drummers
Candyman - Sometimes it's this solid
Black Peter - bluesy, not sluggish, and they play off each other
SOURCES: The 1st set only circulates as an Aud of unknown prodigy (vernon.12199
), yet sounds good! It does need pitch correction as it runs 1% fast
. The second set (bertrando.reel.wise
) is a Betty Board, so...